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Top camping apps

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Jenneth Orantia reviews the best apps for going camping.

Ready for anything ... the SAS Survival Guide app.

Ready for anything ... the SAS Survival Guide app.

SAS Survival Guide
iPhone, iPad, Android
$6.49

This app ensures you're ready to handle any situation, whether it's administering first aid, finding water or hunting animals. It combines the full text from John Wiseman's best-selling survival book with interactive features, such as icon-based navigation, embedded videos and checklists, and a built-in Morse code generator.

 

Flashlight by Rik
iPhone
Free

There's no substitute for a good flashlight when you're camping, but if you run out of batteries, a flashlight app that uses your smartphone camera's flash is a good backup. Dozens of free flashlight apps are available - Flashlight by Rik stands out for being ad-free and including extras, such as strobe flashing and adjustable light intensity. Just remember to recharge the phone.

 

Pocket Weather Australia
iPhone, iPad, Android
$1.99

Planning ahead is essential when you're in the wilderness and this includes having detailed weather information for the days ahead. Pocket Weather Australia is the best in its class, with forecasts for every suburb in Australia, hourly temperatures for NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia (other states coming soon) and warning notifications for severe weather events.

 

MotionX GPS
iPhone, iPad
99¢

If you don't have a dedicated GPS for bushwalking, the MotionX GPS app will do just as well, so long as you don't run out of battery. You can record your trail to find your way back easily, save up to 400 ''waypoints'', share your location in real time to Facebook and Twitter, and download maps for offline access.

 

Camp Recipes!
iPhone, iPad
$1.99

Roughing it in the outback doesn't mean you have to eat poorly. This app includes more than 700 meals you can cook over an open fire, browseable by category or preparation time. There's also a search function in case you're looking for something in particular, and you can save your favourite recipes to find them faster the next time.

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